In an interview with Kerrang!, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong talked about his struggle with mental health and revealed he actually had a mid-life crisis when he was only 20 years old.
The iconşc vocalist of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong has been in the focus of social media due to the news regarding his son Joey who was accused of sexual abuse. A few weeks ago, The Regrettes’ singer Lydia Night claimed that she was exposed to emotional abuse and sexual coercion during her relationship with Joey Armstrong when she was only 16 years old.
Since the outbreak of the accusations against his son, Billie Joe Armstrong has remained silent on the issue on social media. He also didn’t make any comments during the interviews he joined afterward.
Recently, in a conversation with Kerrang!, Billie talked about his personal struggles with mental health at his 20s. Apparently, while Billie Joe Armstrong was 20 years old, he experienced a sort of mid-life crisis since he wasn’t actually expecting to live that long. Armstrong also mentioned the punk rock music environment he was in, was full of people who had different kinds of personality disorders.
“I didn’t think I was gonna live that long. It’s something that’s always been in my head. Whether it’s people dealing with PTSD or…like, everybody’s got a part of their brain that is neurotic, or maybe even paranoid, or bi-polar, or they have a personality disorder.
The punk rock scene, for me, was a scene of all these people with personality disorders coming together a lot of the time. And I didn’t really realize that until later on.”
Furthermore, Billie Joe Armstrong talked about his thoughts on social media. According to the legendary rock star, even though the social media could be useful sometimes, it became a toxic environment with those people having their cameras ready all the time to catch the bad moments of the celebrities.
Here’s what Billie Joe Armstrong stated about social media:
“Sometimes it’s great. When I’m able to communicate with fans and people are cool, and when people get something out of the music and you make these connections. But I think the thing that makes it uncomfortable is how fucked-up social media has become, and how everyone’s got a camera in their pocket now.
There are a lot of people out there who aren’t fans who just wanna be guilty by association or something. They wanna hold you in their pocket as a souvenir. And I think that sometimes that’s the part that gets annoying.”
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